Meet the Founders

 

 

 

Sheelah Muhammad (Founder, Center)
As a community development practitioner, a natrapath and the daughter of a grocer, Sheelah is ardent about positively shifting the health trajectory of children and families in low-resource communities. She has spent the vast majority of her professional career creating and implementing organization and strategic program initiatives that target historically excluded, vulnerable and under-served populations. Her years of experience in community engagement have shaped her belief that where you live determines how you live. Her most recent work in philanthropy focused on analyzing the social determinants of health, and developing programmatic interventions linking poverty, education and economic opportunity to health outcomes. Sheelah is a member of the Board of Directors of Healthy Schools Campaign, a guest lecturer at Northwestern University and an African dance enthusiast.

Jeff Pinzino (Founder, Right)

Jeff brings experience as a community organizer, fundraiser, and food lover to his work with Fresh Moves.  He is Development Director for National People’s Action, a national community organizing network, and is principally responsible for raising the organization’s annual budget.  Jeff was Program Officer at the Woods Fund of Chicago for eight years, managing grants in community organizing and public policy advocacy.  Jeff worked as a community organizer for seven years in Chicago with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association and Northwest Neighborhood Federation.  Jeff has helped to start several organizations, including Stone Soup Co-Operative and Interfaith Youth Core.

Steve Casey (Founder, Left)

Steve’s professional, community, and personal life is intentionally driven by one goal: giving to his community. The Caseys are raising their sons in Chicago’s Englewood community.  A resident and property owner in his neighborhood, Steve is also affiliated with numerous community-related activities, including the local and national Urban League chapters, Neighborhood Housing Services, the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, and the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) initiative.  Named a German Marshall Fund Fellow in 2004, Steve spent time in Europe studying global economic, political, and social issues. Steve’s favorite quote, one that exemplifies his mission, is credited to the influential German thinker Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.”